in the press

Recently published an article

recognizing sustainable energy

scholarships

 

PINE RIDGE – Now more than ever it is important

we are all working toward just and sustainable energy

systems. Together we are creating a new way to

honor the old ways.  Henry Red Cloud from the

Pine Ridge Reservation and Solar Energy

International (SEI) have worked together on

renewable energy training and projects for almost

20 years. Henry’s non-profit organization, Red

Cloud Renewable (RCR) and SEI created the

professional level Tribal Train the Trainer (T4)

Program that is designed specifically to build the

Native American solar workforce, while concurrently

providing the solar trainers and tribal solar advocate

network that will spread this technology all across

Indian Country!

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Recently published an article

recognizing Henry Red Cloud's tree

planting plan

 

PINE RIDGE RESERVATION – For the past five

years, Henry Red Cloud has been planting trees.

We’ve had a number of fires throughout the

reservation. Some fires were sparked by lightening,

but most of the fires that have taken ruin to the

Pine Ridge reservation are due to negligence or even

arson.

Recently, the butte near the reservation’s KILI

Radio station caught fire. The entire hill and trees

were consumed by fire. Now when you look that the

butte, all you’ll see is a bunch of withered colored

trees. What was once a beautiful hill covered by

Ponderosa pine, providing a beautiful landscape, is

now a charred hill.

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Recently published an article

recognizing Henry as leading

the renewable energy charge

There is a revolution under way to bring renewable

resources to Native American people. Led by

modern-day warrior Henry Red Cloud, a direct

fifth generation descendent of Red Cloud, the

famous Lakota war chief, and Trees, Water &

People (TWP), inroads are being made one home

and one business at a time.

Count among its most recent advances a two

kilowatt photovoltaic array installed in October at

KILI Radio, a public radio station serving the Lakota

people of the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud reservations. The solar-power system was donated by Namasté Solar, while the manpower was provided by Red Cloud’s company, Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE) and his Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC). Count among the ranks of volunteers on site for the installation seven students from the Shoshone Bannock, Oglala Lakota, Cheyenne River Sioux, and Northern Cheyenne tribes—solar warriors in training at the RCREC.

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Recently published an article

recognizing local non-profit

 

The Magnum Energy team has been excited to see

the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center come to

life. The nonprofit venture, begun by Lakota Henry

Red Cloud, is located on the Pine Ridge Reservation

in South Dakota and is dedicated to changing the

world through renewable energy education and

development. Sensata was pleased to support this

effort through a donation of Magnum Energy

inverter/chargers, interconnection system

equipment, and accessories that will be used in their

training workshops as part of their mobile solar

stations.

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Recently published an article

recognizing RCREC

 

PINE RIDGE – Red Cloud Renewable (RCR) and

Solar Energy International (SEI) announced

selection of the first class of Native Americans to

receive a full scholarship as part of the professional

level Tribal Train the Trainer (T4) Program for Solar

Certification.

Seven Native Americans, four men and three

women from four tribes have accepted positions in

the program each receiving a scholarship that

covers their classes, travel, lodging, food,

workbooks and testing costs. The cohort will learn

through intensive classroom theory, and....

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Recently published an article

recognizing Native American Solar

 

DOWN a dirt track on South Dakota’s bucolic

Pine Ridge Reservation, Henry Red Cloud is

working out a plan to help Native and indigenous

communities around the world make their own

electricity.

Through his Red Cloud Renewable Energy Centre,

Red Cloud hopes to one day supply all 562

federally recognized tribes in the US, and

eventually further afield, with cheap electricity

from solar farms and panel-mounted, mobile

trailer power banks.

Recently published an article

recognizing Oglalla Sioux fight

to free themselves from

fossil fuels

It’s high summer in South Dakota, and a cruel sun

beats down with an endless floodtide of photons that

burns skin through t-shirts and tinted car windows.

That’s the way Henry Red Cloud likes it. To Red

Cloud – descendant of a great Lakota insurgent

chief, founder of Lakota Solar, and self-proclaimed

“solar warrior” – that July sun is key to the

independence of his fellow Lakota and native

peoples across America; it also embodies a hot

business opportunity.

It’s July 5, the tail end of Red Cloud’s Energy Independence Day weekend, first announced in the wake of the Trump Inauguration, and meant to spread off-grid skills throughout Indian country – possibly with radical purpose.

 

I walked out of the sun and indoors to find Red Cloud leading a solar workshop, holding forth to a group of eager indigenous participants about photovoltaic cells and the danger of phantom loads – the way in which many appliances continue drawing current even when switched off. “Vampire” loads are a constant suck on household energy, consuming electricity and thereby emitting carbon to no purpose – while also draining an off-grid setup with limited juice. 

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Recently published an article

about the creation of energy 

independents for South Dakota's

Native Peoples

It's high summer in South Dakota, and a cruel sun

beats down with an endless floodtide of photons that

burns skin through T-shirts and tinted car windows.

That's the way Henry Red Cloud likes it. To Red

Cloud—descendant of a great Lakota insurgent

chief, founder of Lakota Solar, and self-proclaimed

"solar warrior"—that July sun is key to the

independence of his fellow Lakota and native

peoples across America; it also embodies a hot

business opportunity.

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Recently published an article

recognizing Henry Red Cloud

for building the foundations

of a renewable energy economy

from the ground up

Henry Red Cloud is creating a grass roots solar

movement for native peoples.

"As natives, we embrace renewable energy," he said.

"It's in our language, our song, our dance, our

ceremonies. Renewable energy can help families to

have lights for the first time and then have running

water — all of the necessities that we take, if we do

have it, we take for granted."

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